This trial is about micorrhizal fungi and whether or not use of it makes a jot of difference. I’m using some lychnis arkwrightii that I grew from seed this year. They are still small plants. Frankly none of them is looking particularly happy.
I think they have been getting too wet, they’ve been sitting in a non-draining tray. I used the fungi on 5 plants as I potted them on last time. I’m comparing those 5 and the 5 healthiest looking plants from the no fungi group. All have been in the same conditions since potting on.
On inspection, there was very little difference in the root balls. None had put on any great roots, probably a symptom of being wet the whole time, the plants didn’t have to work hard enough.
Here they are side by side, fungi group always on the left.
If pushed I could convince myself that the fungi group have overall more visible roots, but not a resounding difference between the groups.
I can’t say, hand on heart, that the fungi group have performed convincingly better or really differently at all than the group with no fungi.
I didn’t provide ideal conditions for the trial plants so I may repeat this trial at some point. I’m calling this one a score draw.
I’ll be back soon with more trials.